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Universities Space Research Association
(USRA)/Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NASA Lunar Exploration Analysis Group

Charles Shearer
University of New Mexico
Clive Neal
University of Notre Dame
Stephen Mackwell
Lunar and Planetary Institute

Charles Shearer
University of New Mexico
Jeffrey Plescia
John Hopkins, Advanced Physics Laboratory
Clive Neal
University of Notre Dame
Michael Wargo
NASA Headquarters
Stephen Mackwell
Lunar and Planetary Institute
Dallas Bienhoff
The Boeing Corportation
John Crusan
NASA Headquarters
Kurt Sacksteder
NASA Glenn Research Center
Greg Schmidt
NASA Lunar Science Institute, NASA Ames Research Center
George Tahu
NASA Headquarters


Final Announcement — October 2011

When and Where

The 2011 Annual Meeting of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group will be held November 7–9, 2011, at USRA’s Lunar and Planetary Institute, located at 3600 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston TX 77058.

Important Note About Parking —

Limited parking is available at the USRA building, so workshop participants are asked to park in the University Baptist Church (UBC) parking lot. A shuttle bus will run continually throughout the workshop to take participants to and from their cars.

Directions from Bay Area Blvd.: Turn left on Middlebrook Drive and continue 0.4 miles. The UBC parking lot will be on the right, just past Glenshannon Drive. There are plenty of parking spaces available for workshop participants, and signs will be posted at the shuttle pickup and dropoff location at the north side of the lot.

Note:  Only those with USRA Parking Passes will be permitted to park in the USRA lot.

Purpose and Scope

The focus of this meeting will be a discussion of the options and opportunities for the next decade of lunar science and exploration and will include presentations and discussions on science objectives, robotic and human exploration strategies and technologies, critical required technology development commercial opportunities, education and outreach, and the Moon as a gateway for human exploration of the solar system.

Workshop Format

The three-day meeting will promote community discussion and provide input to the questions to be addressed. As in previous years, the meeting sessions will be populated through a combination of invited and contributed talks, and will be a blend of science, exploration, resources, and commercial activities.

For more details, view the program and abstracts. Authors will not receive notification letters, so they should check the author index to see where their presentation has been scheduled.

Information for Presenters

Oral Presentations —

A PC laptop, LCD projector, and speaker remote will be available for presentation of oral presentations during the scientific sessions. In order to facilitate a smooth transition between speakers, all presentations will be preloaded and tested in advance. To aid the preloading process, create a folder on your flash drive/CD called “LEAG 2011” and place your PowerPoint presentation in that folder. Please include your last name in the naming of your presentation file.  An IT technician will be available each morning from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. and each afternoon from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. to assist in loading your talk.

Hardware and Software Specifications —

The plenary room will be equipped with the following minimum hardware and software:

PC Hardware: PC Software:
One PC laptop with Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz or better Operating System: Windows XP Professional
Memory:  2 GB

Microsoft Office 2007 (including PowerPoint 2007)
Video:  1024 × 768 at 24-bit color Internet Explorer 8.0, Windows Media Player 11.0, QuickTime 7 Pro, Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.1

Poster Presentations —

All posters will be available for viewing throughout the workshop.

  Poster Setup:    Monday, November 7, from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.
  Poster Removal:   

Wednesday, November 9, from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.
  Poster Size:    44" × 44" (110 cm × 110 cm)
  Materials Provided:   Pushpins





Workshop Product

The product of this meeting will be a summary report as a record of community input that will be available on the LEAG website and will be sent to the requisite NASA mission directorates. This input will be incorporated into the Lunar Exploration Roadmap and presented in a white paper to NASA and the broader community.

JSC Hosted Panel Discussion

Following the conclusion of the LEAG meeting, NASA Johnson Space Center will host a panel discussion entitled “The Science of Apollo:  What We Learned About The Moon.” The panel discussion will take place in JSC’s Teague Auditorium in Building 2 on November 9 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., followed by an informal reception in the nearby Building 3 cafeteria.

LEAG attendees who are U.S. citizens and wish to attend this event should contact David Draper, manager of the Astromaterials Research Office at JSC, at david.draper@nasa.gov to request a badge for entry to JSC on that day. Unfortunately, stringent JSC security regulations require many months for badging of foreign nationals, and therefore only U.S. citizens may request badging for the event. Requests MUST be received no later than Monday, October 31, 2011, to allow sufficient time for processing by JSC’s badging office.

Synopsis of “The Science of Apollo:  What We Learned About The Moon” —

From 1969 to 1972, six Apollo missions landed on the Moon. American astronauts collected and returned 2200 separate samples, totaling 842 pounds, of lunar rocks, core samples, pebbles, sand, and dust. These samples are curated at JSC in the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Directorate. Five distinguished JSC lunar scientists (Don Bogard, Fred Hörz, Gary Lofgren, David McKay, and Wendell Mendell) will discuss what we learned about the Moon (and about our own Earth) from these samples, and how that work set the stage for profound discoveries about the Moon that are still being made today. The discussion will be moderated by the acclaimed writer and science historian Andrew Chaikin, whose A Man on the Moon formed the basis for the award-winning HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. Come find out why our nearest celestial neighbor remains such a compelling target for exploration and scientific research.


Through October 21, 2011 $200.00 professionals; $100.00 students
October 22– November 1, 2011 $225.00 professionals; $125.00 students
Onsite registration $250.00 professionals; $150.00 students

Onsite registration will be available; however, we encourage you to register early.

Credit card registrations:  Participants registering by credit card MUST use the secure electronic registration form.

Other methods of payment:  Those registering using any other method of payment (check, money order, traveler’s check, or wire transfer) must contact the USRA Meeting Registrar for detailed instructions.

Note:  We now have a third-party payment page available. Participants required to register using a third party (e.g., SATERN for NASA civil servants) may still register in advance using the electronic registration form. The confirmation
e-mail you receive after registering will include payment instructions to submit to the third party. Please be aware, however, that your registration will not be considered complete until the funds have been received.

Cancellations:  Requests for cancellation with a fee refund (less a $25.00 processing fee) will only be accepted through October 24, 2011. Those who fail to attend and do not notify the LPI prior to the October 24 deadline will forfeit their full fee.


Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations. A limited block of guest rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake (3000 NASA Road One, Houston TX 77058-4322) at the government rate of $99 plus sales tax. All guest rooms have complimentary high-speed Internet access.

The location of the hotel in relation to the USRA building is shown on the area map.

Cut-off Date:  Reservations must be made on or before October 20, 2011.  Reservations made after this date will be subject to availability and prevailing rates.

Reservations —

By phone:   Call the hotel at 281-333-9100 and refer to group code LEA
Online:  Use the group reservation page

Check-in/check-out:  Check-in time is 3:00 p.m.; checkout is 12:00 p.m.

Contact Information

For more information about the scientific program, contact

Charles Shearer
University of New Mexico
Phone: 505-277-9159
E-mail: cshearer@unm.edu

Clive R. Neal
University of Notre Dame
Phone: 574-631-8328
E-mail: neal.1@nd.edu

For more information about logistics, contact

Gail Pacetti
USRA–Lunar and Planetary Institute
Phone:  281-244-2016
Fax:  281-486-2125
E-mail: gpacetti@hou.usra.edu

For more information about registration, contact

Linda Tanner
USRA–Lunar and Planetary Institute
Phone:  281-486-2142
Fax:  281-486-2125
E-mail: ltanner@hou.usra.edu


October 20, 2011 Deadline for hotel reservations at reduced rate
October 21, 2011 Deadline for registration at reduced rate
November 7–9, 2011 2011 Annual Meeting of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group